CLARK — Jennifer Kelleher, a second grade teacher at Valley Road School in Clark, was selected as one of only 30 educators to present her innovative educational program at the statewide New Jersey School Boards Association Conference in Atlantic City last week. Kelleher devised the “Hungry Writers’ Club,” which she shared with an enthusiastic audience of conference attendees in the form of superintendents and board of education members.
The Hungry Writers’ Club, which meets during students’ entire lunch and recess period four times a month, has encouraged children to write, helping them develop writing strategies and skills. It allows students to express their thoughts and ideas while learning a variety of different writing techniques. Students have the opportunity to publish and share their completed stories. Second-graders and kindergartners also have the chance to work together as writing partners. The club ends with a Publishing Party to celebrate the completed writing pieces. The club also serves as a way for other teachers to come in and observe the format of a writer’s workshop.
In the photograph above, Jennifer Kelleher shares her “Hungry Writers Club” with fellow educators at the New Jersey School Boards Association Conference in Atlantic City. (Photo courtesy of Clark Public Schools)